Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sad News: Scurrilous Vandals

From New England Cable News (NECN) via AP:

Plaque Stolen From Revolutionary War Site

LEXINGTON, Mass. (AP) - Police say a century-old plaque that commemorated the belfry that sounded the alarm to summon the militia before the Battle of Lexington has been stolen.

The 20-by-20 inch bronze plaque honoring the Old Belfry on Lexington's Battle Green was pried from the rock to which it had been attached sometime last week.

Susan Bennett, executive director of the Lexington Historical Society, says the bell tolled to summon the militia to the green as British soldiers advanced toward town on April 19, 1775 at the start of the American Revolution.

The plaque was installed by the Lexington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1910.

Bennett says she's dismayed the site has been "desecrated."

Police say they have notified scrap yards to be on the lookout.


The replica of the belfry stands on Belfry Hill overlooking the Lexington Green. This is the view of the edifice from the Lexington "Minuteman" statue.


UPDATE: Various Lexington businesses have generously collaborated on a reward for the return of the plaque (with no questions asked).

And The British Redcoat has a nice posting on this crime with before and after photos.

FURTHER UPDATE: On January 26, 2010, the plaque was found by a passer-by on Waltham Street in Lexington. It was in good shape and will be returned to its spot on the Lexington Green.

1 comment:

  1. I heard this on the news too. I'm sure they stole it to sell as scrapo metal.

    Hopefully the Lex PD will find it in Everret at the scrap yard.